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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Twenty Former Pastors Invite Mars Hill Church to "Enter Into a Process of Mediation"

Posted by on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM

This is not a story that just ends with an (alleged) apology: Mark Driscoll still has not addressed all his charges of plagiarism, and some Christians are still angry with Mars Hill Church for buying Driscoll's way onto the New York Times Bestseller list. If anything, the church might be more embattled than ever. Warren Throckmorton at Patheos writes:

On Monday March 17, twenty former Mars Hill pastors sent a letter to the executive elders and Board of Advisors and Accountability of Mars Hill Church with an invitation to enter into a process of mediation designed to lead to mutual repentance and reconciliation. According to former Mars Hill pastors Dave Kraft and Kyle Firstenberg, the pastors want to bring in specialists in conflict resolution to facilitate the process.

There is no word as to whether the executive elders—of whom Driscoll is one—have responded to the invitation. In other news, Throckmorton also reports that Driscoll and Mars Hill is partnering with Corban University to teach Bible-related classes. Here's Driscoll's announcement of the program:

Throckmorton notes that Driscoll might not meet the ethical standards to which Corban University holds its students:

Corban University is committed to high academic standards and expects students to achieve these standards in a manner marked by integrity and honesty. Academic honesty is the hallmark of true personal integrity. Students’ academic work is evaluated on the assumption that the work presented is their own. Faculty and students are expected to identify departures from academic honesty.

Driscoll's publisher has admitted to citation problems, but Driscoll still hasn't publicly addressed many of the charges that Throckmorton and others have discovered. I called Corban University for comment, and they directed me to the phone line of a Chris Vetter, who I was told is now the person in charge of all Mars Hill-related inquiries at Corban. I left a message on Vetter's voicemail; I'll let you know if I hear back from him.


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ScrawnyKayaker 1
I'd love to be proven wrong, but I find it very hard to imagine that people who have been actually giving their money to this douche-canker care much about whether he conforms to what are primarily academic niceties.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on March 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM · Report this
JF 2
Can someone give me the TLDR version of how you buy your way onto the best seller list?
Posted by JF on March 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM · Report this
briantrice 3
@2 Create a spike in sales by literally buying and storing a large number of the books:…
Posted by briantrice on March 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM · Report this
treacle 4
"Executive Elders"... that's just sooo precious!
Posted by treacle on March 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM · Report this
Mars Hill/Driscoll = fraud. they/he are as bad as scientology.
Posted by tikaspice on March 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM · Report this
Knat 6
Funny, I thought prayer was all you needed. That's what my childhood pastor told me, he even showed me the passages. Guess these guys aren't very knowledgeable Christians.
Posted by Knat on March 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM · Report this

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